Tiantan Swimming Pool (天坛游泳馆)

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  • Sports Venues
13 Tiantan Dong Lu
Located behind a sports centre west of the Temple of Heaven, this hidden pool is surprisingly well used. After lunch, expect large groups of retirees to belly flop into its waters, but they do at least stick to their lanes. If you don’t mind swimming laps among the masses, this is a decent alternative.
Waters here veer towards ‘murky’, so don’t forget your soap and flip-flops for the recommended post-swim shower. Nevertheless, despite the crowds, the six 50-metre lanes allow enough space to stretch your limbs, plus a separate pool for kids means that you shouldn’t be battling two generations for space.

One of Beijing's best public swimming pools
Venue name: Tiantan Swimming Pool (天坛游泳馆)
Opening hours: 9am-4pm, 7-9pm Mon-Fri; 1-9pm Sat-Sun.
Admission: 50RMB
English address: 13 Tiantan Dong Lu, Dongcheng district
Chinese address: 东城区天坛东路13号